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Post-contemporary, was a neologism for definition of pioneering creative agendas, coined in 2005 by Abbas Gharib in a conversation with Bahram Shirdel, two architects of Iranian origins, both proficient in western culture and participant in the current architectural debate. The conversation was published by Sharestan Magazine, 55 . 2007. The discussion took this definition to distinguish the third millennium epitomes of creative sectors, by their projection into coming avant-garde configurations, toward future. To day in its progress, the Post-contemporary concepts, often known simply as Po-co is much better defined.
The objective of two architects now is a recognition into the renewals of creative disciplines which are forming their concepts,shifting above the contemporary contents and projections, far from modernist heterotopia, post modernist historicism contemporary hazards and current tautologies.
Characteristics and attributes
By the ending decade of twentieth century, the “transitional contemporary” as the plethora of continental thoughts was mainly expressed in intellectual patterns, by borrowing tools from functions such as fluidity, flexibility, dynamicity, continuity, heterogeneity, smoothness, and transparency or by acquisition of concepts from transitional Philosophy such as multiplicity, difference, repetition, nomadic and “weak thought". In the first decade of twenty-first century. The opening of minds and matters to the sciences, technologies and social contexts, to the means of physical environments, and to the organizational contents of political and economical components, helped the post-contemporary propositions to shift from the contemporary assumptions toward a new universal theory for retooling the educational, cultural and creative systems. Consequently, In the first decade of twenty-first century, also the reappraisal for the post–industrial society, due to the universal crisis of western economical system, mostly based on the industrial productions, leaded the post-contemporary organizational contents to the paradigm by sciences, technologies toward the means of physical environments micro-systems. The redefinition of social, political and economical components as resources of territories ary organizational contents,
Post– Euclidian mathematics and geometries
The origin in diversely phenomenological systems and exact models from life sciences is in the area of the theory of applied dynamical systems and global bifurcations. The special interest in the subject can be find in a new emergent cross-disciplinary field known as mathematical neuroscience. Its scopes include nonlinear models of individual neurons and networks. In-depth analysis of such systems requires development of advanced mathematical tools paired with sophisticated computations. For instance, Andrey Shilinkov, a neuroscientist and mathematician derives models and create bifurcation toolkits for studying a stunning array of complex activities such as multistability of individual neurons and polyrhythmic bursting patterns discovered in multifunctional central pattern generators governing vital locomotor behaviors of animals and humans. Thanks to the non linear qualitative dynamics, the organization of holistic nature of post-contemporary lineage was implemented by interoprativity and interactivity within the heterogeneous components and characters of Micro - systems, being present in many concrete social contents and in most territorial recourses. In this way post-structuralism as well as the new sciences of complexity, Complexity theory and chaos theory, were appropriated and interpreted within Micro - systems by means of "self-creation", expressing a fundamental dialectic among structure, mechanism and function, identifiable and recognizable in concrete territorial contexts.
Relevances to architecture and design
In the field of architecture, the flourishing endeavor of "Architecture of complexities" or customized "Folding" Theory for architecture in the transitional contemporary architecture are outstanding examples. The matter is well distinct by Patrick Schumacher from Zaha Hadid Architects issued as Parametric Pattern.
The use of Parametric techniques have created a new saptial organization in Architecture, Urban Design as well as Design that values the form over the function. This is a new method, out of modern abstractions, two-dimensional projections and its typical linearity and flatness. Later, an important critical topic was written on this subject by Farshid Moussavi a London based architect and university teacher of Iranian origins.
The holistic dynamicity of Post-contemporary paradigm and its built-in capacities of design agenda incorporates the ten creative sectors: architecture, urban design, engineering, design, graphics, art, photography, cinematography, music and performing arts. Architecture must evolve to keep itself relevant for society and to do this must adapt itself to the Post-contemporary social and technological conditions and innovate by absorbing its influences.
The sociological replica
Post-contemporary society is strongly related to the values of sustainability, putting in plain words the description of a civilization that meets the higher human real needs for a vast majority in an advanced post-industrial universe, Shifting forward from Fordism and Tylorism. industrialmanagements. In addition, Post-contemporary bestows our social opportunities to flourish in the utmost of their potential creativity, rather than struggling with precast sachems or sinking in artificial consumerism. The objective therefore is to resolve the causes which go against the self flourishing, the self-fulfillment jointly with collective harmony, by purge them from the routine of contemporary habits and adopt those post-contemporary values such as creativity, holism, complexity, quality, passion, interconnection, responsibility foremost the jurisprudence of citizenship ... This is an educational training versus the belief in continued economic growth in order to gain the ability to grasp Complex systems within long-term problems of the human tendency to bury uncomfortable truths, the habit to relate only to what can be seen close to us and see only one cause to one effect. All these or more are preventing our safe passage to a sustainable world.
Large crowds of interests, constitute in associations and foundations, such as Tenstar Community, Omid Foundation  and many other progressing third sector institutions, as new creative class are forming their economic contents and values as the third sector economy, out of the general logo-centric illiteracy of previous century economy. Hence, the learning of the alphabet, the language and the paradigms of the 21st century actions become an ineluctable imperative. This fact is mainly applicable to the economical structures proposed by Post-contemporary vision, which its prosperity and richness creates in an added value out from the profit maximization of speculative economy based on old capitalism of industrial productivity. Post-contemporary assets are recourses from dynamic social economy, pro-profit-no-dividend which its plus value is subject to immediate reinvestment in problem solving, in economy of culture, in creative economy and creative education as the New Third sector operations.
Amongst the great varieties of creative fields, disciplines and sectors, the philosophical, aesthetic and more generally post-contemporary knowledge represents the paradigms and languages of the 21st century and so far is resisting and should resists to the intellectual temptations for its contamination and re-theorization through the both modernist and post-modernistpast idioms, “resistance first against being forced in certain tempting directions and against the trends in current popular opinion , against the hole domain of imbecilic interrogation, … But I think that … as Primo Levi said, the creating would be resistance …”, . The dynamism of post–contemporary progression is conical and shifts from micro - to macro - systems, along the complex paths of its continues improvements and recognitions. In fact the advancing of this knowledge is totally antithetical to the expansions of the modernist, post-modernist and contemporary obsolete cultural heterotopias. It is quite comprehensible then, why the novel post-contemporary paradigm has brandished the weapon, obtained from the powerful tools of complex systems, against the unstoppable and cyclical rebirth of the 'modernist’ rhetoric, which has blind faith in the reality of single and singular "fact", as an ideology against multiplicity, and idiom which terrifies from the universal and generalizable knowledge. The modernist and post-modernist thought, has no existence without a pulse of continuous driving of the abstract "theorization" in its many contradictory aspects, as a symptom that requires continuous intervention for the correction of its own paths of survival. Today within these paths, the two antithetical approaches,the temptations of intellectual contemplations and the appeals of cultural works are still present as a system of total empiricism. The abstract theorization of the first idiom generates perpetual tautology and rhetoric of communication and language in the second. In fact the new post - contemporary paradigm and language is far from the daily vocabulary of cultural routines, making opposition to modernism and post-modernism idioms, identifying though what is constructive in the progressive intellectual trends of today, projecting their new directions into the future. In this complex context, Po-co’s innovative paradigm is looking for new varieties of intervention and novel forms of knowledge while in this sense every single isolated act from theconventional theory, results inappropriate, inconvenient and unmentionable. It is in this realm that post-contemporary look for new types of intervention and new kinds of insights”.
One step back, a glance at the contemporary culture, which is still modernist and post-modernist, shows how the relative contents are completely characterized by heterotopia, logocentrism, historicism tautology and rhetoric. These are as dominant ideologies that for the most part are unnecessary replication of the related intellectual, subjective and abstract productions, thus evoking the need for the transition to the post- contemporary paradigms.
- A. Gharib, "the third spatiality in the third Millennium", Architecture & Urbanism Magazine 52–53, Teheran, Iran: Faroos/Epthoform, 2000, 44–47.
- Vattimo Gianni, Dialectic, Difference Weak Thought, ©2012 State University of New York Albany
- The Architecture of Complexity, Herbert A. Simon, Proceeding of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 106, N0. 6. 1962, pp. 467–482. 
- Parametric Patterns The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Volume I & II, Wiley Editor , NJ- USA, 2012 ISBN 0470772999.
- P. Schumacher;
- Farshid Moussavi on the need for parametric thinking.
- Tenstar Community
- Patrik Schumacher, "Lectures & Interviews" – theorizing architecture
- Jean-Louis Peaucelle, "From Taylorism to post-Taylorism: Simultaneously pursuing several management objectives", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 13 Iss: 5, pp.452 - 467 (2000)
- Inspiration for the values came from Gladwin, T.N., W.E. Newburry and E.D. Reiskin. 1997. “Why is the Northern elite mind biased against community, the environment and a sustainable future?”.
- Omid Foundation
- Post-contemporary interventions, Publishers series, Fredric Jameson, Michael Hardt, Robert M. Dainotto Duke University Press Publishers, 2010, Durham, NC 27708-0660.